Women-owned businesses are growing at more than double the rate of all other businesses. For BIPOC women, the hurdles to entrepreneurship can seem insurmountable, especially when you consider that women are usually forced to leave the workforce and put their ambitions on hold when they decide to have children. But the challenges are not impossible to overcome.
To make that point, we’ve gathered 20 awesome businesses that were founded by BIPOC women. They range from media companies to cosmetics and skincare brands. Hopefully, this list gives us all—men, women, and others— inspiration to keep chasing our dreams and stay persistent on achieving our goals.
Anya Lust is a Black-owned luxury lingerie brand featuring over 30 coveted designers from around the world, plus their own in-house collection. They’re based in New York City and ship worldwide.
The Founder: Krystle Kotara is the owner and creative director of Anya Lust.
Away is a travel luggage and lifestyle brand founded by Jen Rubio and Steph Korey. Away creates thoughtful products designed to transform travel, such as their popular smart suitcases.
The Founder: Jen Rubio is a co-founder and the current CEO of Away.
Cashmere Nicole founded Beauty Bakerie in 2011 with the mission to be sweet and sweeten the lives of others. During a challenging but successful fight with breast cancer, Cashmere became extremely health conscious and research-driven about the products we put in and on our bodies.
The Beauty Bakerie brand is a direct reflection of Cashmere’s perseverance and passion for both high quality, healthy ingredients that enhance the beauty in everyone, every day. Cashmere continues to grow her brand which is now sold in 1000 locations worldwide.
The Founder: Cashmere Nicole is the founder and CEO of Beauty Bakerie.
Blavity, Inc. is a Black-owned media company based in Los Angeles. Blavity, Inc. was created by and for Black millennials. Their mission is to “economically and creatively support Black millennials across the African scape, so they can pursue the work they love, and change the world in the process.” Blavity and AfroTech are two of their most popular brands.
The Founder: Morgan DeBaun is the founder and CEO of Blavity, Inc.
Bottomless is a smart coffee subscription where instead of getting shipments on a set schedule, you get shipments sent based on your usage. With your first purchase, you’ll receive a Smart Bottomless Scale (at no additional cost). You can use this scale to track usage and re-order at the perfect time, every time.
The Founder: Liana Herrera is a co-founder and the President of Bottomless.
With products backed by big-name celebrity stylists and deep-pocketed corporations, Briogeo takes it back to basics, offering a high-performance, hair care collection that is naturally based, yet performance driven to provide visible results.
Briogeo is 6-free hair care; meaning their formulas are free of harsh sulfates (SLS/SLES), silicones, parabens, phthalates, DEA and synthetic color. All products are 90 to 100 percent naturally derived. Briogeo formulas are cruelty-free, gluten free and mostly vegan.
The Founder: Nancy Twine is the founder and CEO of Briogeo.
CapWay is a mobile bank that provides banking tools, digital payments, financial content, and more to create financial access and opportunity for all. The company fills financial gaps and provides solutions for the growing cashless economy and those who have been misunderstood, overlooked, and underserved by the traditional financial system.
The Founder: Sheena Allen is the founder and CEO of CapWay.
CareAcademy provides home care and home health agencies with a best-in-class online education platform that delivers engaging video-based classes and real world scenarios that walk through aspects of the caregiver experience.
The Founder: Helen Adeosun is the founder and CEO of CareAcademy.
Fiveable is a social network for education where students learn together through content, community, and courses. Fiveable is committed to unlocking opportunities for young people through academic and social empowerment.
The Founder: Amanda DoAmaral is the founder and CEO of Fiveable.
Founder Gym is the leading online program training underrepresented founders on how to raise money to scale their tech startups. Founder Gym alumni all over the world are successfully raising money. Via 6-week online cohorts, founders complete structured exercises and receive expert training from seasoned investors and funded-founders. Upon completion of the rigorous training program, FG Graduates are equipped with the knowledge, network, and know-how to successfully raise capital to scale their tech startups.
The Founder: Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon is the founder and CEO of Founder Gym.
Haute Hijab is the leading US hijab brand that operates at the intersection of fashion, technology, and retail. They’re a global community that celebrates and empowers the hijab-wearing woman by designing innovative products fueled by an obsession with superior service and craftsmanship.
The Founder: Melanie Elturk is the founder and CEO of Haute Hijab.
Healthy Roots Dolls is a toy company that creates dolls and storybooks that empower young girls and represent the beauty of our diversity. They go beyond just painting a doll brown. They create an educational play experience with curl care.
The Founder: Yelitsa Jean-Charles is the founder and CEO of Healthy Roots Dolls.
Get real-time financial insights via inDinero’s streamlined, all-in-one technology. Their cloud-based accounting and tax software provides you with the information you need to align your team and resources, drive efficiency, and accomplish your business goals.
The Founder: Jess Mah is the founder and CEO of inDinero.
Jungalow started as a design blog in Justina Blakeney’s tiny, plant-filled living room back in 2009 and has since grown into a lifestyle brand and the go-to source for jungalicious design goods and inspiration. Their shop features signature Justina Blakeney Home and Jungalow collections designed in their Los Angeles studio as well as a curated ensemble of creative, colorful, modern goods from around the globe.
The Founder: Justina Blakeney is the founder and CEO of Jungalow. She is also the author of The New York Times best-selling book The New Bohemians.
Mented is a luxury beauty company targeted to women of color. It is a premium beauty line that believes every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty. Offering nude lipstick and nail polish shades made especially for Black and Brown beauties, Mented Cosmetics believes that when it comes to beauty, no one deserves to be an afterthought.
The Founder: KJ Miller and Amanda Johnson are the co-founders of Mented Cosmetics.
The Mogul platform is one of the world’s largest resources for diverse talent. They partner with the Fortune 1000 and the world’s fastest-growing companies to attract and advance top diverse talent — from entry-level to executive and board-level worldwide — through their market-leading software and executive recruitment services.
The Founder: Tiffany Pham is the founder and CEO of Mogul.
Myavana is a hair care brand. Myavana has everything from the best hairstyles and products to tips, tricks, and even stylists that are tailored to you and your distinct needs, whether that’s the quickest way to get a great twist out or how to maintain your relaxed mane.
The Founder: Candace Mitchell Harris is the co-founder and CEO of Myavana.
Based in New York City, the Soko Glam team travels to Seoul regularly to scour the Korean skin care and makeup market, consult industry/product experts, and meet tastemakers to bring back a selection of beauty products that are truly tried used and trusted by Korean women and genuine beauty innovations.
The Founder: Charlotte Cho is the co-founder of Soko Glam.
The Cru is a constellation of women committed to helping each other thrive. They match circles of up to eight women based on their personality, values, demographics and life goals. Crus coach one another to accelerate their personal and professional growth. You receive structure, exclusive content and a virtual guide to support your Cru with your annual membership.
The Founder: Tiffany Dufu is the founder and CEO of The Cru.
The Honest Company is an honestly safe baby and beauty store that brings innovative formulas and thoughtful designs to all of their beauty and baby products. They’re a wellness brand empowering people to live happy, healthy lives. The Honest Company recently went public in the beginning of May 2021.
The Founder: Jessica Alba is the founder and CEO of The Honest Company.
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